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Where are fireworks in San Francisco?

The city sets off the fireworks from two locations in front of Fisherman's Wharf. One is at the end of Municipal Pier and the other is on a few barges in front of Pier 39. sftourismtips.comFourth of July Fireworks in San Francisco 2021

Are fireworks legal in San Francisco?

Possession and use of any firework, including Safe & Sane, is ILLEGAL in San Francisco. It is a crime that is punishable by a fine or incarceration in County jail or both. sf-fire.orgFireworks Public Safety Announcement | SF Fire Website

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San Francisco fireworks, back after skipping a year, draw throngs to waterfront

San Francisco Chronicle 05 July, 2021 - 08:32am

Fireworks returned to San Francisco’s waterfront Sunday evening, the boisterous cap to a Fourth of July that found Bay Area communities moving back to more typical celebrations of the holiday, but with events still tempered by concerns about COVID-19 and California’s drought.

The colorful fusillade, accompanied by upbeat music, began promptly at 9:30 p.m. from a platform on the bay near Pier 39. Illuminating the sky, the multi-hued fireworks drew appreciative whoops from the crowds lining the water along Fisherman’s Wharf and Aquatic Park.

Thousands of celebrants flocked to the area, eager to see the city’s traditional July 4 display after last summer’s pandemic-forced cancellation of the holiday offered few options except to stay at home.

“We’re regulars, my son and I,” said Maritza Longland of San Mateo. “It’s refreshing to be back.”

Pier 39 was jammed for the celebration, as was Jefferson Street in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf. All wooden railings along the water were lined with people, and every patch of green was filled. Aquatic Park was thick with with couples, families and clusters of friends seeking open vantage points — some of them bundled in blankets to ward off the summer chill.

Visitors Daniel and Ashley Daniele of Elk Grove, near Sacramento, nabbed a space on the Aquatic Park lawn shortly after 6 p.m. so they’d be sure of a good fireworks view.

“We’ve never seen the fireworks here, and this seemed like a good year to come,” Ashley said. They also were enjoying the brisk cold, in contrast to their blistering Central Valley home: “It doesn’t seem too bad.”

The event surrounding the fireworks show wasn’t as all-out as in pre-pandemic times. The fireworks themselves were a 30-minute choreographed spectacle, but it was the run-up that was less bombastic. There was no afternoon of music at Aquatic Park, for instance.

“It’s not too crowded — some years you can’t move,” said Longland, a city native who has attended more than a dozen times. “Some years you get rowdy people, but it’s nice to be back in San Francisco and have an urban experience.”

Tinder-dry conditions in brushy, less-developed areas, meanwhile, led Berkeley and Oakland to close Grizzly Peak Road. As well, UC Berkeley shut off access to such hillside view perches as the parking lots at UC Botanical Gardens and Lawrence Hall of Science because of the high fire risks. Earlier, San Mateo County upped its fine on the use of illegal fireworks tenfold, to $1,000 for a first offense. Officials were on high alert for wildfires, given the blistering heat in many parts of the state, along with winds and dry terrain.

But there were still plenty of official holiday parades, picnics and concerts. One example of improvising as the pandemic wanes: Alameda sponsored its first-ever “Porch of July” — where residents could decorate their porches, cars or front yards, with judges visiting to critique them in five different categories, including “Most Star-Spangled Spirit.”

John King is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: jking@sfchronicle.com

Fireworks countdown: Bay Area celebrates Fourth of July

KRON4 05 July, 2021 - 08:32am

(KRON) — The Bay Area celebrates America’s 245th birthday. 

KRON4 is counting down to 4th of July fireworks shows taking place across the Bay Area. 

As we get closer to the San Francisco’s firework show more people are headed out to the embarcadero to watch.

It looked more like life pre-pandemic.

This is one of the first major holidays since California re-opened on June 15.

KRON4 spoke to some of the group that puts on this firework show who because of the pandemic, they didn’t know if the fireworks would be happening tonight.

Usually they start precreation’s in March. This year they didn’t get the green light until mid-May.

But they say their all ready for the big show.

Sunday”s fireworks show will be a big one — there are two barges filled with fireworks. About a thousand on each of them.

Those fireworks will be going off around 9:30 p.m. at Pier 39.

If you can’t make it, KRON4 will be broadcasting the show.

Pyrotechnicians are staged at the Concord Pavilion back for the annual July 4th fireworks show.

Last year’s gathering was cancelled because of COVID of course.

In year’s past, usually everyone gathers on the lawn, with live music and food vendors.

This year it’s going to look different.

People will be watching the fireworks drive-in movie theater style from their vehicles — one space apart.

Concord Mayor Tim McGallian says the event took a few months to plan.

“People are going to see an incredible fireworks show right behind me starting at 9:30 tonight,” he said. “We are using pyro spectaculars I’m sure you’ve seen them in all the big events even the one down in San Francisco that’s going off too, it’s going to be set to music and it’s going to be probably one of the best fireworks shows we’ve ever seen in Concord.”

This is a sold out show – but KRON4 will be livestreaming the fireworks during our 9 p.m. show.

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While his family kept him in their hearts, they had no idea what might have happened to their beloved pooch — until they received a phone call recently from 1,900 miles away in California. They're now anxiously awaiting an emotional reunion a decade after the disappearance.

Fourth of July Fireworks Shows, Parades Return Across the Bay Area

NBC Bay Area 05 July, 2021 - 08:32am

Even as the state reopens from the pandemic, some Bay Area communities are not hosting fourth of July events again this year.

But in other areas, fireworks shows and parades returned on Sunday.

In San Francisco, Karl the fog rolled into the area Sunday night, which made the fireworks show there more of a glow than a sparkle.

Many were excited to take in a live firework show - after being on lockdown for more than a year. It was also a little chilly because that's San Francisco in the summer along the waterfront.

The fireworks show itself was impressive as usual but somewhat obscured by the fog.

“It was fantastic. This is the first time we've seen the fireworks display in the US and it's been so good. It's a good experience,” said Preetha Vijayasaraswathi of Dublin.

Because of the pandemic, San Francisco had to cancel the annual fireworks display last year.

Because of the fire concerns across California this year and new laws banning fireworks in much of the Bay Area, fire authorities have been pleading with people not to set them off at home and instead have been asking people to turn out for these professional displays.

As people picked their spots at Maritime Park to watch, they didn't seem to have any issues being in a crowd again.

The only issue was the chill in the air But the crowd made the best of it.

The park near Ghirardelli Square was packed but it only took about 20 minutes for people to clear out of there.

Other notable firework shows in the Bay Area included Great America in Santa Clara, Gilroy High School, and one in Morgan Hill.

In Half Moon Bay, the Ol' Fashioned Fourth of July parade returned and it featured live entertainment from local bands, as well as food trucks offering local cuisine.

Earlier on Sunday, the annual Fourth of July parade returned in Orinda.

It was a familiar sound as the annual Fourth of July parade in Orinda kicked off before noon.

“The fact that we’re here and weren’t here last year makes this parade more special even though its tailored down a little bit,” said Jessica Vasisht of Orinda.

Fewer entries than a typical year but plenty of people came out. Families with dogs, kids and plenty of red, white and blue.

Concord resident Sean Duffy came with his family from concord and noted the difference a year makes.

“It’s a blessing it’s a miracle of science that the country produced vaccines thank you to all the scientist enables us to be with our family celebrate enjoy the Fourth,” he said.

The parade didn’t happen last year during the pandemic. This year the Orinda city council was divided on whether to hold it. But ultimately organizers scaled things back, and the city decided to move forward.

“We strongly recommended anyone not vaccinated to wear masks. We had people walking the parade route handing out masks. We’re not having the normal celebrity celebration in the park, where we normally had a lot of activities there and booths and so forth,” said Steve Harwood, the Orinda parade announcer.

The event was also livestreamed for people who were not able to attend the parade in person.

Still need to find a Bay Area fireworks display to watch tonight?

The Mercury News 05 July, 2021 - 08:32am

Tonight, a number of public Bay Area fireworks displays are scheduled for the Fourth of July, as officials remind residents that during this drought year there will be zero tolerance for illegal fireworks. The crackdown will include increased patrols and prosecution.

For safe viewing, major displays are scheduled in American Canyon, Antioch, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Oakland, Petaluma, Pleasant Hill, Vacaville and at the San Francisco waterfront.

In addition, all three major theme parks will put on their traditional fireworks shows: California’s Great America in Santa Clara, the Concord Pavilion and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo.

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Going out for July 4th? UCSF doctor says you should still wear a mask, even while vaccinated

KGO-TV 05 July, 2021 - 08:32am

Doctor says you should still mask up for July 4th, even if vaccinated

'Freedom without masks': Picnics and parades return to many cities as Bay Area celebrates Independence Day

KGO-TV 05 July, 2021 - 08:32am

'Freedom without masks:' Bay Area celebrates Fourth of July

Police uncovered banned fireworks for sale from an ice cream truck after a tip from a parent in Pittsburg, Calif.

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Fogbank May Impact Views Of San Francisco’s July 4 Fireworks Show

CBS San Francisco 05 July, 2021 - 08:32am

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — For the first time since 2019, thousands were expected to gather along San Francisco’s waterfront Sunday evening for a July 4th fireworks show, but Mother Nature will play a major role in just how well the crowd will be able to see the colorful display.

A thick marine layer was forecasted to begin flowing through the Golden Gate Bridge around sunset just as it has the last few days.

Coastal skies looking cloudy for the #FourthofJuly 🎇. Remember to be EXTREMELY cautious with fireworks in the current drought conditions! #OneLessSpark #cawx pic.twitter.com/m1uteFP40w

— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) July 3, 2021

After clear skies during the middle of the day, the fog bank will roll in and be rather thick with several layers. The lower ceiling of the bank likely will hover around 900 to 1,000 feet — about the height of a Golden Gate Bridge tower.

“By 9 p.m., the marine layer will be covering much of the sky for the entire city and into the East Bay,” KPIX 5 meteorologist Darren Peck predicted. “Question is how low will the ceiling be? That’s still an open question. We should still plan on the clouds playing a significant role in the fireworks.”

If you want to catch a fireworks show elsewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area, here’s a list to check out.

Crowds celebrate post-COVID freedoms at Bay Area Fourth of July parades

The Mercury News 05 July, 2021 - 08:32am

Around the Bay Area, this Fourth of July offered a new liberty to celebrate: Freedom from the deadly virus that locked down people’s lives and covered up their smiles with masks.

In backyards and parks, at swimming pools and beaches, this Independence Day provided for many people the first chance in many long, isolating months to gather with each other and enjoy, once again, the company of crowds.

At parades in Half Moon Bay and Orinda, there were far more American flags than masks. And the smiles — even among the many dogs — were everywhere.

“It’s a big deal to be here,” said Candy Smith, a lifelong resident of Half Moon Bay who has attended the town’s annual Independence Day parade for decades. Smith began setting up portable chairs for her family at 9:30 a.m., an hour and a half before the parade’s scheduled start. Sitting with Smith, 59, along Main Street were her daughter-in-law and two small grandchildren — the youngest in a stars-and-stripes onesie — from Sunnyvale.

“We’re so happy that my grandkids get to experience this, because last year they had their living room,” said Smith, a retired teacher. “We’re excited just to be out. Just to see everybody socializing and interacting, businesses getting back some of what they lost — it’s just refreshing to see.”

Orinda’s parade also attracted overjoyed revelers.

“This year, I loved coming out from the big dark cloud that was known as COVID,” said Steve Harwood, who has been one of the parade’s announcers for 30 years.

Some 39 groups marched: local swim and 4-H clubs, the Miramonte High cheerleading squad and Moms Demand Action. Music groups played Scottish bagpipe music, New Orleans jazz and patriotic and John Philip Sousa marches.

Lifelong friends Morgen Thistlewolf and Leah Branson grew up attending Orinda’s parade every year. Now with kids of their own, they gathered a group of friends and family to set up blankets and chairs along the route. “I have a lot of special memories,” recalled Branson, who marched in the parade when she was a Girl Scout and whose mother, a local author, once was honored as grand marshal.

In Half Moon Bay, this year’s grand marshal was a local notable, Bev Ashcraft, the last surviving founder of the town’s famed Pumpkin Festival.

Born on the second floor of her family’s grocery store on Main Street almost exactly 90 years ago, she cruised down that broad boulevard Sunday, sitting atop the back seat of a red convertible, waving to the crowds. She turned 90 on Saturday.

“It’s great that they chose me before I died,” Ashcraft said. “I told them, ‘You never know, one day to another.’ ”

Scheduled to start at 11 a.m., the 50th Half Moon Bay Ol’ Fashioned 4th of July Parade didn’t get going until a little past noon. “Nobody seems to be in charge,” said Allen Sinor, 77, a former Daly City high school principal who paraded in a vintage open-top military jeep. “It’s a real hometown parade.”

Half Moon Bay Mayor Robert Brownstone, wearing a red, white and blue cowboy hat, acknowledged that the event was “very loosely organized,” but like the other celebrants, he was not bothered. “The energy is great,” Brownstone said. “This is always a very unifying event for the community.”

For longtime resident Gabriela Covarrubias, the parade is a chance to appreciate the town’s cultural diversity. “We see all of the community come together,” said Covarrubias, 26.

When the parade finally got moving, more than 5,000 people lined Main Street — the biggest-ever crowd for the parade, said organizer Tim Beeman. Fire trucks new and ancient passed by, plus a flatbed truck with a giant inflatable Labrador retriever surrounded by close to 20 real therapy and companion dogs. Kids rode BMX bikes decorated with red, white and blue ribbons and balloons, and four burly men rode Harley-Davidson motorcycles with American flags at the back. Two guitarists serenaded parade-goers from a VW bus converted to an open-air bandstand. A stilt-walking man in rainbow pants led a contingent from Coast Pride waving rainbow flags. Bringing up the rear, appropriately for a town with deep agricultural roots, were a couple dozen equestrians, dancing their steeds, with a brass band among them.

Along the route, Luz Castillo and Amy Venegas of Pacifica, friends for more than 20 years, were wearing T-shirts and ball caps with the stars and stripes, and carrying small American flags.

“We want to enjoy our freedom,” said Venegas, 67. “We haven’t been wearing lipstick for over a year — and we can show off our smiles, too.” Castillo, 68, added, “Being able to enjoy July 4, Independence Day, it means a lot,” and Venegas chimed in, “We’re patriots.”

For the da Silva family, Brazilians living in San Mateo who headed to the coast for the Half Moon Bay parade Sunday, the celebration marked their first Independence Day event since arriving in the U.S. two years ago.

“It’s beautiful,” said Elias da Silva, beside his sons Guilherme, 15, Gabriel 12, and his husband, Andre. “I want to come back every year for the Fourth of July.”

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